April 5, 2011

Anti-Recipe: Turkey Meatloaf


I’m on somewhat of a turkey kick right now, but I don’t mean in a Thanksgiving sort of way. To be perfectly honest, I usually skip Thanksgiving turkey in favor of ham. Thanksgiving turkey can be so dry and boring. I know turkey is healthy (especially as alternative to red meat) and I have cooked with it from time to time, but don’t always think to buy it. Then I recently tried one of Hardee’s new turkey burgers and it was delish.

I decided to make a turkey meatloaf over the weekend, since I had a pound of ground turkey and meatloaf is such an easy dish. The image is not my turkey meatloaf, but it looks pretty similar.


Turkey Meatloaf

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups assorted broken crackers/bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper
  • minced garlic (your preference on amount)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (I use frozen because it’s easier…already chopped)

Mix ingredients well. (Optional: Cover mixture and refrigerate for about an hour…this helps the crackers soften up and absorb the flavors.) Transfer mixture to a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and spread sauce (recipe below) on top. Put back in oven and bake for another 25 minutes.


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 T Sriracha Chili sauce
  • 2 T honey

When I made turkey chili awhile back, the southern beau didn’t even realize it wasn’t ground beef. It’s a good way to sneak in something a bit healthier without a drastic change. I’m not advocating lying, but if you have picky eaters it might work. For a quicker recipe, form the turkey into meatballs and bake them in a muffin tin.  Just make sure the internal temp of the meat reaches 160 degrees.

{image: via Gourmet.com}

Hope you’re having a lovely day!